Rachael Blackmore recorded a remarkable sixth winner of the week at the Cheltenham Festival as Quilixios claimed the JCB Triumph Hurdle
Trained by Henry de Bromhead, who is also enjoying an excellent week in the Cotswolds, Quilixios (2-1) was prominent throughout, settling on the heels of the pace-setting Talking About You before moving to the front two flights from home.
Adagio, representing the home team for David Pipe, tried his best to reel in Quilixios up the hill, but Blackmore’s mount galloped all the way to the line, with 20-1 shot Haut En Couleurs in third.
Favourite Zanahiyr and leading British hope Tritonic both failed to sparkle in the Grade One heat.
Quilixios — a recent transfer to the De Bromhead yard having previously been trained by the suspended Gordon Elliott — was given a quote of 12-1 for next year’s Champion Hurdle with Betfair and 14-1 with Coral.
De Bromhead said: “It’s been an incredible week.
“He’s a lovely horse, but we’ve only just got him. He’s a gorgeous horse and I’m pleased for Cheveley Park, as they are great supporters of ours.
“All credit to Gordon and his team as he looked amazing on joining us, we’ve done very little with him.
“We knew he jumped really well, and had been really impressive before today and he’s a lovely looking horse. He’ll be a nice chaser in time.
“I wouldn’t know about next year, we’ll have a chat and see what everyone wants to do.”
Blackmore admitted her parents are thoroughly enjoying her exploits at home in Ireland.
She said: “They’re getting a great kick out of it, so it’s brilliant. I know they’d have loved to have been here today, like a lot of people.
“I’m just happy I’m here and these horses are here.”